John just completed a fairly major project for his 6th Grade Abeka Academy class taught by Mr. Howe. His assignment was to make a poster-sized map of a country that includes the name of the country and its borders, rivers, mountains, major cities, the capital city, natural resources, agricultural/industrial centers, and major geographical features.
John immediately chose China, which was a natural choice for him considering his sister is from China! At first I thought maybe he bit off more than he could chew because China is such a large country, but we did internet research to see if such a project was reasonable, and we came to the conclusion that it would not be easy, but it could be very rewarding.
Fortunately, we found some good internet resources to complete the project, but our local library also had a wonderful book, National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our World, that really had most of the information in it that we needed to make the map.
Once we had resources, we had to figure out just how to draw a poster-sized map of China. Dan uses computer projectors quite a bit for his job, so that was our solution. Our church graciously let us use their projector to enlarge the image onto a piece of posterboard where the borders, major cities, and rivers could be traced. This was a tedious, but effective method! John also used the projector to make his title.
We then used a variety of internet maps to pencil in the other features that John needed, and John wrote in the names of the cities, rivers, and mountain ranges. All of this, of course, had to be inked once the pencilling was done. We used computer clipart to make the symbols for the map, and those had to be cut out and glued onto the poster and the map key.
I think the project came out very nice! He has a reason to be proud of a job well done!
(By the way, Kara is pointing to Huangshan in this entry’s picture. That is the city that she is from.)
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